Rock music can make men ‘lose at board games’

New study claims AC/DC won't help you

Men should avoid listening to rock music if they want to stand a chance of winning at board games this Christmas, a new study has revealed.

They became more distracted and made more mistakes when forced to listen to AC/DC rather than classical music, a report by London’s Imperial College and the Royal College of Music found.

The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, asked 352 visitors to the Imperial Festival to play the board game Operation, which tests hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills of players who use tweezers.


It found that men who listened to AC/DC were slower and made more mistakes compared with those who listened to Mozart or the sound of an operating theatre.

Women on the other hand suffered no effect and they performed better than men at the Operation board game.

The report also claimed that rock music may cause more auditory stress in men than women, which affects their concentration.

Dr Daisy Fancourt, lead author of the research, told Sky News: “Although this study was all performed in our spare time, it is part of our wider research into the effect of music on performance – particularly in a medical setting such as an operating theatre.

“One of our areas of research is how we can boost performance in many different settings – from rowing in the Olympics to a musical performance.


“This study suggests that for men who are operating or playing a board game, rock music may be a bad idea.”

Earlier this year, it was also revealed that sharks enjoy listening to heavy metal bands, according to a new book which looks at the science behind animals’ relationship with music.

Great white sharks are particularly receptive to AC/DC anthems like ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and ‘If You Want Blood (You Got It)’, according to The Mice Who Sing For Sex: And Other Weird Tales From The World Of Science.